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Family members banned from care facilities threaten legal action

CBC News

People who say they are being prevented from visiting family members at long-term care facilities in Alberta, but not told why, are asking the government to step in. “I was threatened by the physician,” said Huguette Hebert. She claims she was banned for a day from seeing her husband staying at a Covenant Health facility in Edmonton after she asked to stay in the room while he was changed. Hebert said she wanted to check for bedsores. Hebert is one of many Albertans who’ve had problems seeing their loved ones at continuing care facilities says lobby group Public Interest Alberta. Shauna McHarg hasn’t seen her father in his care facility for two years – and has severely restricted visiting hours with her mother. “They give no reason,” she said. “My parents are aging. This started in 2010. It need to end immediately.” McHarg appealed to the Ombudsman and privacy commissioner, but Covenant Health refuses to release the reason why she was banned, even fighting the matter in court last week. People banned from facilities should have more options, said the PIA lawyer Allan Garber. “These decisions are being made without the due process of law,” he said. “And that is a fundamental problem. Especially when we know the people on the other side are frail, elderly people.”

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